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Game 39: Magic at Suns GameThread

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The road trip begins...

NBA: Phoenix Suns at Orlando Magic Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Who: Orlando Magic (18-20) at Phoenix Suns (14-23)

When: Friday at 9 p.m.

Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena - Phoenix, Arizona

TV: Fox Sports Florida

Line: Suns -3.5, O/U 217.5

Injuries: Orlando - Aaron Gordon (out), D.J. Augustin (out), Jonathan Isaac (out), Al-Farouq Aminu (out), Michael Carter-Williams (out); Phoenix - None

Storyline: The shorthanded Magic, who have won four of their last five games, kick off a season-long six-game road trip. The Magic, already without three rotation players, will not have Aaron Gordon (calf) and D.J Augustin (knee contusion). That means Khem Birch and Wes Iwundu will both start, and two-way player Josh Magette will back-up Markelle Fultz. The Suns’ offense lives and dies with Devin Booker, who the Magic limited to 17 points in their win over the Suns earlier this season. Booker is in the midst of a franchise-best seven-game streak of scoring 30-plus points.

For some pregame reading material, check out our story on how the Magic are seeking roster flexibility.

For some perspective from the other side, visit our friends at Bright Side of the Sun.

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